Students use a variety of news formats for election coverage

HAMMOND- Today’s news culture provides a variety of information options regarding upcoming national and local elections. As news is becoming more mobile every day, the Internet is becoming the go-to medium for people looking for election coverage.

In an informal survey of 30 college students, 16 answered that the Internet was their medium of choice when it came to news regarding election coverage, 11 answered television, two answered radio, and one answered print newspaper.

Justin Gray, a senior management major at Southeastern Louisiana University, said he prefers to get election information from the Internet. “I choose to get my information from the Internet because I don’t really watch TV,” Gray said. “The Internet to me is more convenient and faster to get information from.”

Some students just don’t have the time to watch television for election news. Patrick Landaiche, a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University, said he doesn’t have the time to watch election coverage on TV. “I just check the Yahoo homepage for election news; I don’t really have time for anything else,” Landaiche said.

Even though Internet was the most popular choice, television was well represented in the survey. Some students just prefer to get election information from traditional television news stations. Nathan Huerstel, a junior at Nicholls State University, said he prefers to watch election coverage on television news stations. “It’s more convenient for me to watch the news, rather than have to read or listen to it,” Huerstel said.

Douglas Doescher, a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, says that he prefers to watch election coverage on television because it brings the news to him. “I prefer to watch election coverage on TV because I know when I put on the news channel during election time, there’s going to be election coverage” Doescher said.

Even though Internet and television were overwhelmingly popular among the students surveyed, some prefer to get their information from classic news formats, such as radio. Alan Schexnayder, a freshman at Rappahannock Community College, says that radio is the most practical news format for him. “I picked radio because I grew up listening to Rush Limbaugh all the time, so I hear a lot of it,” Schexnayder said. “I don’t get TV or newspapers, and I have so much other stuff going on the Internet that following more political blogs and news sites is impractical for me.”

Even with all the digital technology available today, some students still prefer to get their election information from print newspaper. One such student is Jacob Rester, a senior mass communication major at Southeastern Louisiana University. “I don’t watch much TV, but I do read things online if I trust the source. Newspaper is most convenient for me because I read the paper every day,” Rester said.

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